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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:
    1. Dum clamarem ad Dominum [Graduale Romanum, p.304]
    2. Dum clamarem ad Dominum [Gregorian Missal, p.496]
    3. Ego autem cum iustitia [Graduale Romanum, p.94]
    4. Ego autem cum iustitia [Gregorian Missal, p.496]
    5. Choose one Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    6. When I cried out to the Lord [Simple English Propers, p.246 (Adam Bartlett)]
    7. In my justice I shall see [Simple Choral Gradual, p.185 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. As for me, I will appear [Simple English Propers, p.247 (Adam Bartlett)]
    9. As for me, in justice [Lumen Christi Missal, p.940 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    10. As for me, in justice [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.62 / Mode 1 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    11. I Pleaded to the Lord my God [tune: Kingsfold] from Introit Hymns 51 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Ostende nobis, Domine [Graduale Romanum, p.31]
    2. Ostende nobis, Domine [Gregorian Missal, p.499]
    3. Ostende nobis, Domine (Lorenzo Perosi)
    4. Choose one Psalmus responsorius from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    5. Chabanel Psalmody
    6. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Te decet hymnus, Deus [Graduale Romanum, p.305]
    2. Te decet hymnus, Deus [Gregorian Missal, p.500]
    3. Choose one Alleluia or Psalmus alleluiaticus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
  • Offertory:
    1. Ad te Domine levavi [Graduale Romanum, p.17]
    2. Ad te Domine levavi [Gregorian Missal, p.501]
    3. Ad te levavi (Johann Kaspar Aiblinger, Alessandro Scarlatti, Franz Xaver Witt)
    4. Choose one Antiphona ad offertorium and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    5. Unto you, O Lord [Simple English Propers, p.248 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. To you, O Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.186 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Choose one Offertory Antiphon from any of those suggested in #144-157 [Lumen Christi Missal, pp.946-949 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
  • Communion:
    1. Passer invenit sibi domum [Graduale Romanum, p.306]
    2. Passer invenit sibi domum [Gregorian Missal, p.502]
    3. Passer invenit sibi domum [Communio, p.188 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    4. Qui manducat carnem meam [Graduale Romanum, p.383]
    5. Qui manducat carnem meam [Gregorian Missal, p.423]
    6. Qui manducat carnem meam [Communio, p.213 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Qui manducat carnem meam (Jacob Handl, Claudio Merulo)
    8. Choose one Antiphona ad communionem and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    9. The sparrow has found [Simple English Propers, p.249 (Adam Bartlett)]
    10. The sparrow even finds a home [Simple Choral Gradual, p.187 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    11. The sparrow has found herself a home [Choral Communio, p.138 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    12. He who eats my flesh [Simple English Propers, p.251 (Adam Bartlett)]
    13. Whoever eats my flesh [Simple Choral Gradual, p.188 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    14. Whoever eats my flesh [Lumen Christi Missal, p.952 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    15. Blessed are they who dwell in your house [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    16. The sparrow finds a home [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.63 / Mode 3 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    17. Whoever eats my flesh [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.63 / Mode 3 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
  • Mass settings:
    1. Latin Chant Masses VIII (De angelis) & XI (Orbis factor)
    2. Latin Gregorian Chant Masses XI (Orbis factor) & VIII (De angelis)
    3. Latin Missa sanctorum angelorum (Calvert Shenk)
    4. Latin Mass of Saint Jerome (Christopher Bord)
    5. Mass of Our Lady, Help of Christians (Richard Connolly)
    6. Mass of Saint Agnes (B. Andrew Mills)
    7. Mass of the Angels (Richard J. Clark)
    8. Mass of the Redemption (Calvert Shenk / Adam Taylor)
    9. Modal Mass (Calvert Shenk / Adam Taylor)

Other liturgical music


  • Awake, O Sleeper, Rise from Death (WIII #586)
  • Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (WIII #617, HPSC #128, ICEL #183, CBW #542, CH #485, AH #561, CHB #209, SMH #255, EH #384, VII #306, LCH #156)
  • Come Down, O Love Divine (WIII #472, HPSC #133, CBW #517, PMB #93, HH #140, AH #440, CH #498, CHB #92, SMH #266, EH #376, VII #364, LCH #76)
  • Go Make of All Disciples (WIII #628, CH #635)
  • God Is My Strong Salvation (HPSC #165, ICEL #208, CH #646, HH #302)
  • God Whose Giving Knows No Ending (WIII #631, CD #873)
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (WIII #524, ICEL #134, HPSC #180, CBW #631, PMB #127, AH #461, CH #568, CHB #222, SMH #345, EH #273, VII #217, LCH #81)
  • How Shall They Hear the Word of God? (WIII #629)
  • Lord of Light (CH #638)
  • Lord, You Gave the Great Commission (WIII #470, HPSC #597, CH #639)
  • Praise to the Lord (WIII #547, ICEL #245, HPSC #284, CH #592, PMB #122, CBW #653, AH #612, CHB #110, SMH #498, EH #279, VII #205, LCH #79)
  • The Church of Christ in Every Age (WIII #626, CH #613)
  • There's a Wideness in God's Mercy (WIII #595, ICEL #52, PMB #54, AH #613, CH #535, CHB #268, SMH #575, EH #304, LCH #122)
  • Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life (ICEL #206, EH #498)
AH = The Adoremus Hymnal, Ignatius Press
CBW = Catholic Book of Worship II / Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
CD = Cantate Domino / Hymnal Supplement, GIA Publications, Inc.
CH = The Collegeville Hymnal, The Liturgical Press
CHB = The Catholic Hymn Book [London Oratory], Gracewing Publishers
EH = The Hymnal 1940 (Episcopal), used by many Anglican Use Roman Catholic parishes
HH = Hymnal of the Hours, GIA Publications, Inc.
HPSC = Hymns, Psalms & Spiritual Canticles, out of print but excellent
ICEL = ICEL Resource Collection, GIA Publications, Inc.
LCH = Lumen Christi Hymnal, Illuminare Publications
PMB = People's Mass Book, World Library Publications, Inc.
SMH = The Saint Michael Hymnal – 3rd Edition 2003, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
VII = Vatican II Hymnal, Corpus Christi Watershed
WIII = Worship, 3rd Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.

Choral Music

  • Beati, qui habitant (Giovanni Paolo Cima, Robert Führer)
  • Blessed Be the Father (Paul Christiansen) [AMSI]
  • Caro mea (Heinrich Finck, Mathieu Gascongne, Francisco Guerrero)
  • Cognoverunt discipuli (William Byrd)
  • Deus tu convertens (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
  • Ego sum vitis vera (Anthony Corvaia, Jr)
  • Great God, Attend While Zion Sings (Thomas Jarman)
  • How Lovely Are the Messengers from Saint Paul (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings Fair (Colin Brumby)
  • How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place from A German Requiem (Johannes Brahms)
  • How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place (Randall DeBruyn) [OCP Publications]
  • Lead Me, Lord (Samuel Wesley)
  • O God of Hosts, the Mighty Lord (John Broderip, Richard Partridge)
  • O Hold Thou Me Up (Benedetto Marcello)
  • O How Amiable Are Thy Dwellings (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • O How Glorious Is the Kingdom (Harold Owen)
  • O Thou That Hearest Prayer (Thomas Hastings)
  • Open Your Hearts to Christ (Eugene Englert) [GIA Publications]
  • Praise Waiteth for Thee, O Lord, in Sion (John Goss)
  • Quam dilecta (André Campra, Camille Saint-Saëns)
  • The Lord Will Come and Not Be Slow (Christopher Tye) [RSCM]
  • Three Sacred Rounds (Colin Brumby)
  • Veritas de terra (Adriano Banchieri)

Organ Music

  • Adagio from Sonata I (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • All Praise to Thee, My God (Paul Manz)
  • Chorale Prelude on Lobe den Herren (John Hebden Schaffner) [Organist's Companion, May 1999]
  • Come Down, O Love Divine; (Wilbur Held)
  • Cantrapunctus I from Art of the Fugue (J.S. Bach)
  • Grosser Gott from Two Trios on Catholic Hymn Tunes (David Lasky)
  • Grosser Gott wir loben dich (Max Reger) [Thirty Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (Heinrich Fleischer) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (Wilbur Held) [Hymn Preludes for the Pentecost Season - Concordia 97-5517]
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (Paul Manz) [Improvisations for Pentecost & Trinity Sunday - Morning Star Music Publ 10-500]
  • Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Lobe den Herren (Max Reger) [Thirty Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Lobe den Herren (J.G. Walther) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co] [Anthologia pro organo IV - Schott Frères]
  • Partita on Lobe den Herren (Don Freudenberg) [Organist's Companion, June 1986]
  • Praise to the Lord (Calvin Hampton) [Organist's Companion, October 1986]
  • Praise to the Lord (Paul Manz) [Five Improvisations for Wedding and General Use - Morning Star Music Publ 10-850]
  • Praise to the Lord (Friederich Zipp) [Parish Organist XII - Concordia]
  • Prelude on Rhosymedre (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • Postlude and Chorale on Grosser Gott (Michael Sullivan) [Organist's Companion, May 1991]
  • Prelude on Grosser Gott (Michael Sullivan)
  • Processional (Martin Shaw)
  • Toccata in e minor (Johann Pachelbel)
  • Toccata on Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (Kevin Norris) [H.W. Gray]
  • Toccata on Lobe den Herren (Gordon Young) [Five Toccatas - Flammer HF-5009]
  • Variations on In Babilone (Raymond Haan)
  • Village Suite (Tim Knight)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

During Ordinary Time in Year B we will highlight passages from the new General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM) that pertain to music during the liturgy. The GIRM contains rubrics and instructions (some of them new) for the celebration of the Mass. The first section below is a direct quote from the English translation of the document. The second section is a commentary on the passage.

Structure, Elements and Parts of the Mass: Chants between the Readings (GIRM #61)

After the First Reading follows the Responsorial Psalm, which is an integral part of the Liturgy of the Word and which has great liturgical and pastoral importance, because it fosters meditation on the Word of God.

The Responsorial Psalm should correspond to each reading and should usually be taken from the Lectionary.

It is preferable for the Responsorial Psalm to be sung, as least as far as the people's response is concerned. Hence the psalmist, or cantor of the Psalm, sings the Psalm verses at the ambo or another suitable place, while the whole congregation sits and listens, normally taking part by means of the response, except when the salm is sung stright through, that is, without a response. However, in order that the people may be able to sing the Psalm response more easily, text of some responses and Psalms have been chosen for the different times of the year or for the different categoris of Saints. These may be used instead of the text corresponding to the reading whenever the Psalm is sung. If the Psalm cannot be sung, then it should be recited in a way that is particularly suited suited to fostering meditation on the Word of God.

In the Dioceses of the United States of America, instead of the Psalm assigned in the Lectionary, there may be sung either the Responsorial Gradual from the Graduale Romanum, or the Responsorial Psalm or Alleluia Psalm from the Graduale Simplex, as described in these books, or an antiphon and Psalm from another collection of Psalms and antiphons, including Psalms arranged in metrical form, providing they have been approved by the Conference of Bishops or the Diocesan Bishop. Songs or hymns may not be used in place of the Responsorial Psalm.

Commentary: The psalm between the readings is called the "responsorial" psalm primarily because it serves as a response to the First Reading and is thematically linked to it. In addition, it is "responsorial" because it often is sung in a format with a response for the congregation. Although as a general practice it should, this psalm is not required to have a part for the people. They can legitimately listen to a psalmist (cantor) or schola sing a through-composed setting of the proper psalm, perhaps from the Roman Gradual or Simple Gradual — and yes, that would be in Latin, even in an otherwise English Mass! Why, four decades later, are there still surprises like this?

To be continued next Sunday...

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